chapter  14
Alexei German, or the Form of Courage
ByGiovanni Buttafava
Pages 8

Emerging from that strange and hidden Soviet reserve where films that had been shot but not released waited for a chance to come out, two works directed by the same director, Alexei German, have come to light at the inception of perestroika. They have been kept “hidden” for two, even fifteen y ears. It has thus been possible to examine one of the most original and symptomatic creative personalities in contemporary Soviet cinema, known up to now through a single film: Twenty Days without War (1976).